The World of Roman Costume

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Judith Lynn Sebesta, Larissa Bonfante
Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2001 - Art - 272 pages
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The cave of Lascaux may be closed to the public, but five scholars a day are allowed inside, and Nora Barnes has finagled an appointment. True, she may have fudged a bit in her letter to the authorities, but she does teach art history, and she isn t about to miss her chance to see the world s most famous prehistoric paintings. Nora and her high-spirited husband, Toby, are visiting the Dordogne, in the southern French region of the Aquitaine. Aware that the Dordogne s renown for cave art is matched only by its reputation for delicious cuisine, the couple has also signed up for a cooking class at a nearby chateau, but they soon find that more than food is on their minds.
During their tour of the cave, another visitor is murdered. When the local inspector pegs Nora and Toby as suspects, they embark on a mission to solve the crime, tracing strange links between a Cro-Magnon symbol and a thirteenth-century religious cult. As they match wits with the crusty inspector, Nora finds herself immersed in the notebooks of a forgotten artist who once lived in the chateau. In sifting through the artist s papers and uncovering old secrets, she begins to piece together the motives for the murder. But has she cooked up more trouble than she can handle?

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Contents

From National to Ceremonial Costume Shelley Stone
13
4ad Reconstruction of the imperial toga pura
18
on the Arch of Constantine
35
Symbolism in the Costume of the Roman Woman Judith Lynn Sebesta
46
The Colors
65
Roman Footwear Norma Goldman
101
5a Greek and Roman sandal strap styles of the Hellenistic period
106
20a Cutting pattern for carbatina
117
Clothing in the Aeneid Henry Bender
146
GraecoRoman Dress in SyroMesopotamia Bernard Goldman
163
Archaeological
182
DuraEuropos
187
Prisoners on Cuirassed Statue Breastplates Richard A Gergel
191
Reconstructing Roman Clothing Norma Goldman
213
6a Female banqueter wearing a tunic
219
15a Pattern for peplos with overfold to waist
226

27a Reconstruction of the Mainz caliga
124
Cicero as Evidence for Attitudes to Dress
133
23b Pattern for the sagum
233
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Judith Lynn Sebesta is professor of Classics at the University of South Dakota and the author of Carl Orff: Carmina Burana Cantiones Profanae. Larissa Bonfante is professor of Classics at Columbia University and the author of Etruscan Dress.

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